Food Service Manager Mock Interview

To help you prepare for your Food Service Manager interview, here are 30 interview questions and answer examples.

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As a manager, how do you evaluate the performance of your staff members?

"In a highly transactional industry such as food service, I understand the importance of knowing how each staff member is performing. In my current role, I've created targets for each associate related to their speed of work and customer feedback. I run a weekly and monthly log of performance activities to ensure every member is performing equally. If anyone is falling short, we are quick to have a meeting to get back on track and evaluate what the barrier to success is. I would enjoy implementing a performance tracking method such as this one, should I be hired as your Food Service Manager."

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30 Food Service Manager Interview Questions & Answers

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  • 1. As a manager, how do you evaluate the performance of your staff members?

  • 2. How much do you think a food-service management role should pay?

  • 3. What do you think is the difference between a leader and a manager?

  • 4. Tell me about a time when you effectively delegated tasks to your team members.

  • 5. Do you think a chain of command is essential in the workplace?

  • 6. Rate your listening skills from 1-10. What would your coworkers say about your listening skills?

  • 7. If hired as our Food Service Manager, how will you show your team the importance of clear communication on the job?

  • 8. The presence of our Food Service Manager is critical to our teams' success. How many days were you absent from work last year?

  • 9. How do you feel about saying 'no' to a customer with unreasonable requests?

  • 10. Have you ever broken company rules to make a customer happy?

  • 11. Tell me about your formal customer service training.

  • 12. As a manager, what is your greatest weakness?

  • 13. How many people did you manage in your last position?

  • 14. How will you handle an employee who is not meeting their goals?

  • 15. What personality traits do you look for in people you are hiring?

  • 16. Why do you want to be a Food Service Manager, and why do you feel ready for a role in management?

  • 17. How would our business be a more productive place if we were to hire you as our Food Service Manager?

  • 18. What do you know about food costs and other related KPI's?

  • 19. Have you ever had to work within liquor regulations? Walk me through your experience working in a licensed environment.

  • 20. What is your experience in planning, ordering, and record keeping when it comes to staff and inventory?

  • 21. Have you ever had to fire an employee? What were the reasons for their termination?

  • 22. Talk to me about your favorite manager. What made them so memorable?

  • 23. Where did you find this position, and what prompted you to apply?

  • 24. What qualities and characteristics should a Food Service Manager have?

  • 25. If you needed to hire a new food service representative in less than one week, what would be your strategy?

  • 26. The food service industry sees a lot of employee turnover. How do you plan to handle a disengaged or upset employee?

  • 27. What do you expect to be the most challenging aspect of this Food Service Manager position?

  • 28. Walk me through your experience in the food service industry.

  • 29. How do you promote a culture of food safety with your team?

  • 30. What do you like most about working in the food and beverage industry? What do you enjoy the least?